Opening & Closing Testimonials

I have relied on the sound wisdom and practical advice of the Tsongas team for years.  Their commitment to delivering excellent service is one of their strongest traits.  I recently worked with members of the team on the development of case themes, jury selection, opening statements, and closing arguments in three cases and the results have been excellent.  I would not hesitate to recommend the Tsongas team to those looking for reliable, dedicated, and valuable strategic litigation partner.

- Craig A. Thompson, Esq., Venable LLP, Baltimore, MD

My colleagues and I have worked with Tsongas on theme development, jury selection, witness preparation, openings and closings in multiple product liability (prescription drug) cases.  Their insight has been invaluable in helping us shape an effective story and selecting the best juries possible.  They provide concrete suggestions and feedback in an efficient manner.  For all these reasons, they quickly became an integral part of our team.  We are better advocates because of their guidance.  I recommend them to anyone needing this type of jury consulting, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.

- Sherry Knutson, Tucker Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL

“I and others at my firm have worked with Tsongas trial consultants for years.  We recently engaged Tsongas in a highly challenging and complex commercial case that was ultimately tried over 5 weeks in federal court.  The Tsongas consultants provided valuable input in assessing the case strengths and weaknesses, crafting an appropriate story strategy, and developing a compelling opening statement.  In addition, they also assisted us in jury selection, bringing a sound and scientific methodology to the process of evaluating potential jurors, and worked with us in preparing one of our key trial witnesses.  We recommend them highly and look forward to working with them again.”

- Cori Gordon Moore, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA

“We recently worked with Tsongas trial consultants on a complex civil case, involving multiple claims, counterclaims, allegations of fraud, Lanham Act violations, trade libel, conspiracy, as well as trademark infringement.  They immediately rolled up their sleeves and dug into the important documents and relevant deposition testimony.  They quickly grasped the case and helped us conduct a thorough and well-designed mock trial where we were able to test our case themes and strategies.  In addition, they assisted us with preparing witnesses before and during trial, jury selection, and opening and closing.  They were with us in court the entire trial, offering fast feedback and daily suggestions and insights.  They became a part of our trial team and were there with us late into the night, always with valuable suggestions and insight, and with a positive “can do” attitude the entire time.  I valued their input a great deal; it was helpful and consistently on point.

Moreover, I enjoyed their company.  I was so impressed that I had Tsongas co-present with me at a Dallas Bar Association conference on the art and science of jury selection.  The program was well-attended and very well-received.

Tsongas will make a difference in your case.  By the time you are walking into court on the first day of trial, you are better prepared as a result of Tsongas’s involvement in your pre-trial.  I definitely will use them again and heartily endorse trial consulting services to clients and fellow practitioners of the art of trying cases.”

- John W. Bickel, Bickel & Brewer, Dallas, TX

“We have used Tsongas jury consultants for a number of our employment defense cases and trials in Southern California.  Defense verdicts in every trial.  They are top-shelf trial consultants and a valuable part of our team.  They provide great insights and recommendations on trial themes and narrative development for opening statements and closing arguments as well as well-designed and executed mock trials.  They have assisted us in witness preparation, helping our witnesses become comfortable telling the truth well in both direct and cross examination.  Tsongas trial consulting has also helped us with jury selection, which they approach in a systematic and scientific manner.  They listen to our needs, help us pick the best services within our particular budgetary constraints, and then deliver the goods.  All in all, when you go to battle, they are an important resource to have on your side.  I do not hesitate to recommend their trial consulting services to my partners, colleagues, and clients.”

- Emilio Gonzalez, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles, CA

“The members of the Tsongas team provide an insightful sounding board for trial themes, strategy, and translating complex or mundane facts into easy-to-understand concepts.  Early in a case’s preparation, I found that their case strategy exercise provides a fantastic way to organize case themes and deficiencies – on both sides of the case.   I also found that Tsongas consultants have real-world experience in IP cases that assists litigators beyond the traditional feedback that a general trial consultant might provide. In a recent trial, Tsongas helped our team prepare for voir dire and streamline our case presentation, and received useful feedback throughout the trial.  It is difficult to argue with the results in both cases, which were resolved overwhelmingly in our clients’ favor.”

- Bobby Ghajar, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Los Angeles, CA

“Tsongas jury consultants played an invaluable role in helping us develop our opening statement and closing argument in a recent trial.  Their focus on not only themes and language, but on how the structure and flow of closing argument can influence the process of deliberations were helpful in getting jurors focused on the strengths of our case.  Through Tsongas, we’ve learned that it’s not enough to just persuade jurors in opening and closing; it’s important to give them a process and the tools to take control of deliberations in a way that best serves your client’s needs.  More importantly, Tsongas provided practical, real-world advice rather than just generic recommendations or abstract theory.  I would recommend Tsongas to any attorneys preparing for trial.”

- Richard B. Jolley, Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, inc., Seattle, WA

“We have worked with Tsongas consultants for years on large and high profile cases, as well as on jury trials where the exposure and stakes were lower, but the results were still critically important for our clients. We use them to collectively develop case and trial strategy, to enhance our opening and closing statement strategy, to assist us in selecting jurors, and to test our case and themes in mock trials. They make themselves available when they are needed, are quick and responsible to our needs, and always provide quality insight, opinions, and work product. Recently they assisted us in a uniquely challenging legal malpractice defense verdict related to intellectual property. We made use of all these services, and they developed some highly useful graphics for both opening and closing. We recommend them if you have a small case and just need some strategic consulting or if you have a large case where you may want to consider a number of their jury consulting services.”

- Robert Sulkin & Greg Hollon, McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren, Seattle, WA

“I want to thank you and your staff for the outstanding assistance in helping me prepare original demonstrative exhibits and graphics, as well as critiquing my opening statement, in connection with a week-long arbitration hearing in an employment case before a retired judge who conducted the proceedings much like a bench trial. As you know, this multi-million dollar class action had several attorneys on both sides. My client’s in-house counsel and managers who attended the hearing felt that our graphics and opening statement were clearly superior to the other side’s homemade version. My co-counsel and I couldn’t agree more.

Not only was your team able to help me prepare an excellent counter-chart, but we built a series of effective graphics that made the opening statement and the presentation of evidence much more coherent, concise, and persuasive.

I look forward to working with Tsongas on future matters and will strongly recommend their trial consulting services to colleagues.”

- Michael J. Killeen, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA

“Our firm had the pleasure of working closely with Tsongas trial consultants on a recent plaintiff case that received national attention. Tsongas did not become involved in the case until about seven weeks before trial, after most of the discovery and pretrial motion practice had been completed. In only a couple of conference calls, they grasped the facts, theories, and nuances of our case. Working quickly and efficiently with us, they designed and carried out just the jury research we needed, the results of which gave our whole team the confidence to stick to the game plan they helped us devise, no matter what our opponents threw at us. Their original, instinctive ideas for conveying our messages, which were confirmed through jury research, helped us arrive at the central themes of our case. They deftly used the research to chart out a jury selection strategy that was easy to implement and proved very successful. As the trial progressed, we constantly reminded ourselves of their specific advice and guidance. From opening statement through closing argument, we were lucky to have their specific input on every facet of our case presentation, including the design of key demonstratives. Tsongas consultants get my strongest possible recommendation as jury trial consultants.”

- Paul De Marco, Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley, Cincinatti, OH

“I have engaged Tsongas jury consultants on several occasions to help me with a significant case heading for a jury trial. Most recently we worked together on a major race discrimination class action that resulted in a verdict completely in favor of my client – recognized by “The National Law Journal” as one of the Top Ten Defense Wins of the Year. Tsongas helped us prepare and conduct a mock trial that was extremely helpful in testing and refining our case strategy. They also offered valuable assistance in developing our opening statement themes and closing argument, the demonstrative exhibits that we used throughout trial, and our jury selection strategy. I am a big believer in their approach to this type of jury research; and frankly, I would not approach a major jury trial without it. The people at Tsongas are great to work with – helpful, creative, and responsive. I would recommend them highly, especially for high-profile or complex cases.”

- Michael Reiss, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA

“I have used various combinations of the services that Tsongas offers. Each time, I have been able to substantially improve the presentation of my client’s case. Getting Tsongas’s perspective on the appropriate story line and on visuals has helped me see the holes more clearly, and find ways to fill them. Taking the time to practice and hone my presentation before real people, instead of the bathroom mirror, has proven worth its weight in gold.”

- Rosemary Daszkiewicz, Plum Creek, Seattle, WA

We have used the Tsongas team for several of our most important cases. The more we use them, the more impressed we become. They continue to impress us with their pragmatism and insights. They offer solutions, not just observations. They provide case-specific recommendations, not just boilerplate suggestions. They work with us and our clients to develop a cogent and meaningful approach to our most challenging issues. They have become part of our trial team, not just a bolt-on accessory. I have not found a more talented group of jury consultants.

- B. Trent Webb, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, MO

I have worked with the Tsongas firm for over 20 years. Their work is top notch in every important phase of trial consultation, including witness preparation, theme planning, attorney trial performance coaching, and jury selection.

- David B. Markowitz, Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf,PC, Portland, OR

“I have worked with Tsongas trial consultants for many years and their work on a recent commercial case exemplifies why. Their insights contributed in every aspect of the trial. They were not just helpful, they were integral.”

- Stephen F. English, Perkins Coie, Portland, OR

“I’ve relied on Tsongas for a variety of different matters across the country. Whether for strategy development, research, witness preparation or focusing themes and language for trial, their deliver practical information that always improves my chances of success.”

- Eric P. Schoonveld, Hall, Prangle & Schoonveld, Chicago, IL

“I have worked with Tsongas jury consultants on my most significant Las Vegas jury cases in recent years, including breach of contract and fraud cases. Tsongas is reliable and responsive, providing top notch advice on case strategy, opening and closing arguments, litigation graphics conceptualization and production, witness analysis, and strategic jury selection. Its consultants offer a different and useful perspective on jury behaviors and principles of effective persuasion. Tsongas’ work reflects its understanding of our local jury pool, and its unique and detailed methods of detecting high risk juror bias merge quantitative analysis of juror characteristics with qualitative and insightful evaluations of prospective jurors. Tsongas provides efficient value, from inception through trial, and its services should be considered for all of your significant jury cases.”

- Peter C. Bernhard, Kaempfer Crowell, Las Vegas, NV
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